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The hottest smartphone segment at present is the <$1000, Qualcomm SD765G based phones. So hot that a worldwide shortage of chips has delayed the excellent Nokia 8.3 5G. But its worth the wait.

We will be reviewing the Nokia 8.3 5G soon (but the review queue grows longer) so let’s explore what this phone is all about.

Nokia 8.3 5G for a Bond

The new 00 agent phone in the upcoming James Bond movie No Time To Die, and the first Nokia 5G smartphone is the Nokia 8.3 5G.

Ben Maclean, Instagram ‘phone-ographer’ shot this on the Nokia 8.3

It has a 64MP, 4K primary shooter, ZEISS optics and Cinema capture editor, Action cam mode, 360° OZO sound recording and more.

Nokia 8.3 5G camera

The 6.81” FHD+ screen has a 20:9 ratio for a tall and slim handset.

Here are some basic specs of the Nokia 8.3 5G

  • Qualcomm SD765G
  • 8/128GB/microSD to 512GB
  • 6.81” 2400×1080, 20:9 HDR IPS
  • 64 + 12UW + 2 Depth + 2MP Macro rear camera with EIS, dual flash and 21:9 video HDR
  • 24MP front camera
  • LTE and 5G NSA sub<6Ghz
  • Wi-Fi 5 AC, BT 5.0, NFC and GPS
  • 4500mAh battery with USB-C 2.0 9V/2A/19W OTG
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Dual Sim (hybrid with microSD)
  • Side fingerprint sensor
  • Android 10 with 11 on its way (2 years of OS upgrades and three years of monthly security updates)
  • International website here
  • Price: $899
  • From: Pre-order from 1 October. JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and Amazon Nokia Shop from 15 October
Nokia 8.3 5G front and back

Pristine Nordic design

Inspired by its Finnish roots, it has all the hallmarks of Nordic design, including a colour straight from the arctic sky. Coming in Polar Night. It uses a metallisation technology over polycarbonate back with a signature light refraction pattern that lets colours blend to resemble the Northern Lights.

Nokia 8.3 5G colour

You can read about the Qualcomm SD765G here. It joins the ranks of OPPO Find X2 Neo, LG Velvet, Moto Edge, Pixel 5/XL and vivo X50. Our Nokia review will show where its strengths lie.